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The Musical Work: Reality or Invention?Reality or Invention?$
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Michael Talbot

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238256

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313615

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The Practice of Early-Nineteenth-Century Pianism

The Practice of Early-Nineteenth-Century Pianism

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The Musical Work: Reality or Invention?

Jim Samson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the pre-recital pianistic culture of the early nineteenth century, as represented by such figures as Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt. Pianism contains many features carrying over from the period prior to the profound paradigm shift in Western art music identified by Lydia Goehr — the emergence of a regulative work-concept around 1800. The chapter considers the role of improvisation — a practice that dispenses with works — in pianistic culture and its influence over other aspects. Drawing parallels with rock music, it shows how Western art music has come closer to other traditions than expected.

Keywords:   Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, pianism, art music, Lydia Goehr, improvisation, rock music, work-concept, practice

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